St John the Baptist Koo Wee Rup Newsletter

8 September 2021

We respectfully acknowledge, and pay our respects to the Elders of the Kulin Nation, both past and present, as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School is situated.

From the Principal

Principals Report

Dear Parents & Guardians

The Last Day of Term 3 is Friday 17th September. Please note that dismissal will be at 2:10pm, not the usual 3:10pm

Remote Learning:  The SeeSaw activities for next week will be more fun based as we finish off what has been a challenging Term.  I hope you have enjoyed welcoming your ‘Flat Teachers’ into your homes. We can’t wait to see what they get up to.  There will also be some special activities for the Gr3/4s who would have been on camp around this time.  Di will be holding another cooking lesson on Tuesday. YUM! 

We would also like to congratulate you all for the dedication and patience you have shown towards supporting your children with home learning throughout the term. We are unsure of what Term 4 will look like, and we ask that you watch out for emails and messages being sent home as information comes to hand over the term break. 

Fee Concessions: Many in our school community continue to face financial impacts as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are committed to supporting families experiencing financial challenges through our School Fee Concession programs, and encourage any parent/carer/guardian experiencing difficulties to contact us regarding fee assistance. Please contact Nancy in the office or myself to explore confidential financial support arrangements or to obtain further information.

May I also remind those who have recently qualified for a Centrelink Concession Card to contact the school to determine eligibility for a Category One Centrelink Concession Card Concession.

NAPLAN: Students in Years 3 and 5 who participated in this year’s NAPLAN testing will each receive an individual report from ACARA (Australian Curriculum, Assessment and reporting Authority). We aim to mail these out to families as soon as practicable. NAPLAN assessments are based on a testing set on a particular day, therefore it is important that this information is considered alongside all other student achievement data provided by the school throughout the whole year. 

Child safety Week is a time for us all to remember to focus on the safety and wellbeing of the children in our lives, whether they be in our family, in our classrooms, or in our community. Ensuring we have child safe communities goes to the heart of our faith and our core purpose. We must listen to our young people and work together to prevent and respond to child abuse in all its forms.  I invite you to watch a video message from our Bishop, Greg Bennet.

Links to:

Kids help line:




Whole School Musical: Due to uncertainty around restrictions and the lack of time students have/will have to rehearse it has been necessary to again cancel our Whole School Musical. This will be rescheduled to 2022. We are hopeful of being able to have an end of year concert in a format that fits with restrictions at the time. We will advise further as we are able. 

General notes in relation to Remote/Onsite Schooling: 

  • Remote schooling will continue under the current arrangements until the Victorian Government advises that children will return to school.

  • Requests for onsite schooling are to be submitted each week via the Operoo form provided. This form opens every Friday and closes at 10am every Sunday - please ensure you make your booking via the form before the closing time. 

  • If your child is booked for onsite and you no longer require this please let us know at your earliest convenience via phone call or email to the office, or, Skoolbag submission.

  • Work permits are required to be uploaded each week via Operoo when requesting onsite. Please ensure your permits cover the week you are requesting. 

  • A reminder that children of working parents are only permitted to attend onsite for the days/times that all parents are working outside of the home.  


Chris Dortmans, Principal

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Religious Education - News

A big thank you to everyone who joined our Fathers Day Liturgy online. These are ways we can connect as a community and reach out together to pray. Daily Prayer on Seesaw is there for all families to take a moment in the morning to stop and breathe.

Father Peter announced his retirement last week at the Parish Council, so we wish him well in the future and thank him for all that he has done and will continue to do serving God and others in the community.

No news on Sacraments until restrictions are eased.

Take care at this time and during the holidays. 


Bernadette Hance, Religious Education Leader


Term 3
We 15 & Thu 16 Sept - Grade 3/4 Virtual Camp Activities
Tue 14 Sept - Footy Dress Up Day 
Fri 17 Sept - Term 3 concludes, 2:10pm finish
Term 4 
Mon 4 Oct - Term 4 commences
Thu 28 October - Whole School Musical - Madagascar Jr - Cancelled

Uniform Shop

The uniform shop is open for online ordering only at present, if placing an order you will be contacted when this is ready for collection. Please ensure you sign in using the QR code provided, wear a mask and maintain social distancing in line with current COVID restrictions when collecting. 

If you need to exchange an item please e-mail Belinda at with details and return the item via the office (please ensure it is unwashed with tags still attached) and your name is attached to the item returned. Exchanges will be processed on the next uniform shop day. 

For Uniform ordering through CDF pay—Visit  or scan QR Code. (Guidelines for setting up your CDFpay account can also be found on Skoolbag).

As we are a ‘Sun Smart School’ we also require the children to wear a school hat from September to April with the ‘No Hat-No Play’ policy strictly enforced during 1st and 4th terms.

School uniform guidelines are available in the Parent Information section of Skoolbag, on our website or a hard copy can be obtained from the office. 

School Banking

School Banking -  Currently suspended due to Remote Schooling. Usual banking day is Wednesday each week.  

If you are wishing to set up a new school banking account please visit:

Birthdays - 2 to 22 Sept - Amelia McSherry, Jai Milner, Beau Mullen, Oliver Bakker, Mackenzie McEwan, Jocelyn Elliott, Mason Husquin, Harmony Dalrymple, Ivanna Maestrale, Annika McGeachin, Pippa Miller

Koo Wee Rup Catholic Parishes in Partnership

Including the communities of:  St Joseph’s Iona,  St James Nar Nar Goon,  Holy Family Maryknoll,  St John’s Koo Wee Rup and St Mary’s, Lang Lang

Administrator:  Fr. Peter Kooloos  Ph: 03 5997 1510   Fax: 03 5997 2220 Mob: 0438 622 766

Baptism Enquiries: Carmelina De Cesari   Mob: 0401 911 092

WEEKEND MASS TIMES: Please Note: During periods of State or Metropolitan lockdown, a weekly Sunday Mass may be viewed online following this link:

St Joseph's, Iona - Sunday 11am Holy Family, Maryknoll - 2nd Sunday, 8am 
St James, Nar Nar Goon - Saturday 6pmSt John's, Koo Wee Rup - Sunday 9:30am
St Mary's, Lang Lang - 3rd Sunday, 8am